Industrialism & Sectionalism
By: Gabriel King
War of 1812
The war of 1812 was a tragic yet satisfying war. It had its ups and its downs. The war opened the door to a stronger sense of nationalism. Stronger and better factories/industries were built since there was no trade with Britain during the war. The American system was also proposed by Henry Clay. The war lasted from 1812 to 1815 and even after the war there was a Battle of New Orleans. The war was declared because of many things, for example Impressment of sailors, conflicts with Indians, and desire for expansion. James Monroe also played a role in this war, during the war he was the president and proposed the Era of Good Feelings.
The American System was proposed by Henry Clay to protect the US economy. It is made of three parts, Protective Tariff, a National Bank, and Internal Improvements. Protective Tariff refers to the Tariff of 1816 which taxed the British imports and caused people to buy more US goods instead of British goods. The National Bank was meant to provide easy and abundant credit to stimulate businesses. All sorts of things were Improved including roads, railroads, and canals built from funds of tariff. The erie canal was promoted by gov. DeWitt Clinton.
The US was worried about the Europeans entering the western hemisphere so the issued a doctrine in 1823, warning Europe to stay out. The doctrine was not enforced until 1890's, but the US felt as if the were growing in power. This also declared the Americans off-limits to Europe. Washington continued to establish neutrality and isolationist policies. The Doctrine was made of four parts and one of the main parts was that the US will not meddle with any European affairs. Monroe's secretary of state also played a role in the event, he helped develop ideals for this doctrine.